Colombian chard to be exported to the U.S.

Since 27 November, chard producers will be able to export to the United States. The news was announced by the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, which published the phytosanitary requirements that the product must meet in order to enter the country. This decision was greatly the result of the role played by the Colombian Agricultural Institute (CAI) in ensuring and providing evidence certifying the good phytosanitary status of Colombia's production and the presence of no pests whatsoever.

Representatives from the U.S. Health Authority recently met with Luis Humberto Martínez Lacouture, general manager of CAI, to evaluate the advances made by both countries in sanitary and phytosanitary issues. 

According to Martínez, "the entity has focused its efforts on expanding the business possibilities for Colombia's agricultural producers in the United States, which demonstrates the Institute's technical capacity in the handling of such processes with a market as demanding as the U.S."

For his part, Álvaro Ernesto Palacio Peláez, general manager of Colombia's Horticultural Association, Asohofrucol, stated that "this is a great advance for the sector, as it will lead to an increase in chard export volumes to the United States."


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